Intel Partners With Reliance Jio To Work On Upcoming 5G Network Technology

Intel's venture capital unit last year invested $250 million in Reliance's Jio Platforms unit, stating that the two companies would find areas of technology partnership.

Intel on Monday said it will work with India’s Reliance Jio to develop 5G networking technology.

Intel’s funding unit last year put $250 million in Reliance Industries Ltd’s Jio Platforms unit, saying the two organizations would discover spaces of technology partnership. On Monday, Intel said it will work on “co-innovations” with Reliance Jio for its 5G radio-access network (RAN), among other things.

“This is the fruit of that partnership,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the data platforms group at Intel, told Reuters in an interview. “5G in India is going to be massive, and (Reliance Jio) are doing it in a non-legacy way.”

Reliance Jio is one of the numerous carriers all throughout the world using another way to deal with build 5G networks. Maybe than using gear essentially from telecommunications-specific firms such as Nokia, Ericsson or Huawei Technologies, carriers are shifting toward using software to handle more network functions and tapping the same kind of standard computing equipment used in data centers to run the networks.

Intel, as far as concerns its, has been losing its share in its center server farm and personal computing markets to adversaries like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) after years of manufacturing troubles. But networking chips have become an increasingly important part of its business, growing 20% in 2020 to account for $6 billion of its $77.9 billion in overall sales.

Dan Rodriguez, senior manager of Intel’s organization platform group, said some part of that growth has come from Intel’s decision nearly a decade ago to invest in software akin to an operating system for its network chips. The system, called FlexRAN, lets carriers or software firms write code for 5G networks.

Intel said Monday that software from Cohere Technologies could double use of some network spectrum using Intel’s chips, benefiting carriers that spend billions acquiring spectrum rights.